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No Photoshopping? What a bunch of whiny little spoilsports

Feb 2, 2013 8:02 AM PT

In response to White House Warns: Don't Photoshop Obama Gun Pic:

It figures they'd release their big skeet-shooting photo with a snotty demand that Internet bullies may not steal their lunch money.  Does anyone know if George Bush ever successfully insisted that a publicity photo of him could not be manipulated in any way?  What happens to someone that does photoshop this - who shows up to enforce the law?  IRS?  Secret Service?  TSA?  ObamaCare commissars?

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Feb 2, 2013 7:59 AM PT

In response to White House Warns: Don't Photoshop Obama Gun Pic:

I don't go skeet shooting as often as the President.  Actually, I've never been skeet shooting so I don't even have a photo (which I would totally allow anyone to Photoshop).  Question: Do you usually shoot them at eye-level, as the President seems to do?

Visual confirmation of Obama skeet shooting at last!

Feb 2, 2013 7:57 AM PT

I was willing to take the word of the unnamed friend of an anonymous witness on faith, because I am now an associate member of the Washington journalistic community, but at last - weeks after Barack Obama's risible pander to gun owners by claiming he, or more accurately "we," shoot skeet at Camp David "all the time" - the White House has coughed up a photo of the President firing a shotgun at something.  

View image on Flickr website

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White House Warns: Don't Photoshop Obama Gun Pic

Feb 2, 2013 7:40 AM PT

The White House has released a picture purporting to show President Obama "skeet shooting" at Camp David.  An activity he claims he does "all the time."

The White House also warns all you mischievous internet types to not mess around with the picture:  

"This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House."

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The 'right of access' taken to absurd lengths

Feb 1, 2013 2:31 PM PT

For the benefit of anyone who doesn't get how the "right of access" (i.e. you either buy me free contraceptives, or you're denying me access to them) leads inevitably to socialist lunacy, let Saint Sandra Fluke explain it to you, fresh from the studios of MSNBC: 

"If you take a step back and think about that, you work at a restaurant or you work at a store, and your boss is able to deny you leukemia coverage or contraception coverage or blood transfusions or any number of medical concerns that someone might have a religious objection to.  So the folks who are still objecting have some very extreme ideas about religious freedom and employee health care in this country."

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